Mentorship EDGE Mentor

Josie Presley

Josie Presley

TB & HIV Team, Associate Program Officer, HIV Prevention Coordination‚Äč
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Josie Presley joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012 and currently serves as an Associate Program Officer on the HIV team, providing strategic coordination across the team's HIV prevention delivery portfolio as well as the team's engagement in Kenya. With a focus in southern and eastern Africa, she oversees the foundation's investment in a proven HIV prevention product, oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and leads an effort looking into social and cultural barriers that impact people living with, and most vulnerable to, HIV.

Before joining the foundation, Josie worked in several diverse settings as a program and project manager, including serving as the program director for a nonprofit organization which matched low-income seniors and adults with disabilities with in-home services provided by local volunteers. Josie holds a BA in cultural and religious studies from Western Washington University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Josie on mentorship

Throughout my career I have benefited greatly from mentorship, both as mentee and mentor. I look forward to participating in the EDGE program to work with students and help them see what might be next for them in their careers, schooling, or life in general. My own career path has been a meandering one, and I enjoy supporting people as they think about changing direction or getting creative about finding their passion in their work.